One of the great things about California is with our mild winters we get some of the earlier tournaments for the PGA tour. For us golf fans this is great and for just about anyone this means an excuse to go hang out at Pebble Beach.
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A Unique Tournament
If you aren’t a golf fan you may be asking yourself what a “pro-am” is. In this case, it is not just professional and amateur golfers but also the top golfers and a ton of celebrities. From Justin Timberlake to Bill Murray to Peyton Manning, the celebrities come out to play. Last year we saw country music stars, football MVPs and the very entertaining Kid Rock.
On top of the A-List roster, the tournament takes place at Pebble Beach, one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. You walk the course and enjoy the pristine cliffs of the Monterey Coast.
Take a look at this year’s lineups, the different events taking place and where you can get tickets here.
The Pro-Am offers a wide variety of options from following your favorite player or star, to exploring the views on the course, to sitting on one of the famous holes and letting everyone play through.
My tips for enjoying the tournament:
- Prepare: Bring good walking shoes if you want to explore the courses. Also, the weather can be sunny and 75 or a cold foggy. Makes sure to check the weather and wear layers. It doesn’t hurt to have something to sit on that won’t soak up water if the grass is damp.
- Download the app: This allows you to keep track of where your favorite players are around the course. It will also give you updates about the tournament including any weather delays.
- Walk the courses: They play on more than one course and they are all beautiful. The views are absolutely breathtaking.
- Find the hidden spots where people miss the fairway: Want to get close to the stars, find one of the spots where players miss the fairway of the beaten track. You can end up just feet away as they hit their next shot. Our favorite was on the right side of the 15th hole.
- Explore the booths & demonstrations: From the meet and greets to wine tasting the sponsors have a lot of great activities when you want a break from the game.
Stay in Pacific Grove
The Monterey Peninsula is made up of a handful of communities and my favorite one is Pacific Grove. It also happens to be a great place to stay for the Pro-Am. It is a very walkable community from the beach to the restaurants. The have a variety of cute hotels and Inns. Some delicious restaurants. Plus for the At&t Pro-Am they run a shuttle to the tournament.
Last year, we stayed at the Lover’s Point Inn. It was the perfect place, simple accommodations but a great location. It was cheap and right off the water. Additionally, they along with other hotels in the area offer their guests complimentary use of the shuttle (normally $20 per day). The whole list of participating properties is here.
The shuttle is both a shorter ride and much less crowded than the official shuttle leaving from CSU Monterey. It was great, we just parked at the hotel Friday night and didn’t move it until we left Sunday evening.
Exploring the Eats
We only snacked at the tournament and instead wanted to explore some of the local eateries around Pacific Grove. A few of our favorite spots:
- Fandango: Looking for a nice dinner to splurge on. While it might not be all that pricey we never walk out without four courses and a few drinks. Everything is delicious from the salads and appetizers to the pasta and fish. Plus the desserts are a must. The environment is cute, fun and romantic. I recommend making a reservation, every time we do we get the table in front of the fireplace.
- Red House Cafe: This is a great spot for breakfast. It’s made out of an old home and is adorable. Their crab cake egg’s Benedict was scrumptious along with the traditional fare.
- Peppers Mexicali Cafe: Before heading home after the tournament we needed to fill ourselves up and headed into Peppers Mexicali Cafe. This hit the spot. The enchiladas and nachos were delectable and more than enough to leave us with leftovers.
For more places to eat check out my post on eating your way throughout the area.
All Around a great weekend
Overall, it was a gratifying weekend. We spent time outside, enjoyed the beautiful coastline, chatted with a couple of the stars and ate some great food. The At&t Pro-Am is a great experience for no matter how much of a golf fan you are. We will definitely be heading back again soon.
If you’re heading down this year let us know what your plans are! Also, don’t forget to check out my Things to Do List for more tips.
For more information about Monterey & Carmel check out these great books on Amazon including Day Hikes On the California Central Coast, Fodor’s Northern California, Lonely Planet Pacific Coast Highways Road Trips, and Lonely Planet Coastal California
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